CHAINEUX, BELGIUM: To enhance the efficiency of the solar module manufacturing process and save costs for module makers, Saint-Gobain Solar is launching its SolarBond Membrane for photovoltaic (PV) panel lamination at the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) Sept. 5-9, 2011 in Hamburg, Germany (Booth # B7/B42).
Constructed from a modified silicone-rubber material, SolarBond Membrane demonstrates outstanding durability through repeated lamination cycles. Used as a process aid in securing and sealing all module components with ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) adhesive film, the membrane is highly resistant to EVA outgassing at the high heat exposure (up to temperatures of 220˚C) used in the module lamination process. It also retains its inherent flexibility and tear-resistance through repeated handling, protecting both the module and equipment to increase service life and lower costs.
At the show, Saint-Gobain Solar will also feature SolarBond InFrame, an intelligent, innovative and instant solution for solar module manufacturing and SolarBond Frame Tapes for a flexible, durable hold in framing solar modules. The revolutionary technology has been selected as one of the top three contenders for the “PV Materials Enabling” category of the SOLAR Industry Awards 2011. Winners will be announced at EU PVSEC.
In addition, SolarBond InFrame will be the focus of a presentation given by Geoffrey King, Market Manager, Renewable Energy, Saint-Gobain Solar (11:45 am – 12:00 pm on September 7; Hall B2G). King will discuss the ways in which this innovative framing material will impact the future of solar module manufacturing.
The company will also be highlighting its SolarBond Frame Tapes for framing modules at the show. The bonding tapes combine the flexible durability of an elastomeric foam substrate and the strength of acrylic adhesives to eliminate production delays associated with curing.
“With the launch of SolarBond Membrane, our showcase of other high-performance products and the SolarBond InFrame technology presentation, we’re looking forward to a busy and productive exhibition,“ said Geoffrey King, Market Manager, Renewable Energy, Saint-Gobain Solar.